Can’t See the Tree for the Forest

Have you ever had one of those “aha” moments? A moment in time in which things come into focus?  The older I get, the more frequent those events become. Which leads me to wonder why I did not have these aha moments when I was much younger, but that is for another conversation. My latest...
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Mindset: Will You Succeed?

Does your mindset directly affect your success in life? Lately, I have been digging deeper to try and find the answer to this question. I started competing in sports early in life, but it wasn’t until high school that I really started to notice how much my mindset affected my performance. I specifically remember having...
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A More Fulfilled Summer

Congratulations on making it to another summer break! Hopefully your hard work these past two semesters has paid off and you’ve got some opportunities to look forward to in the next three or so months. Even if you’re someone that is no longer enrolled in school, there’s certainly something different about summer, isn’t there? Almost...
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Joy and Sorrow

Death is Not Distant In recent days, the state of Texas and the nation have come together to grieve the tragic death of Harrison Brown. Harrison was the victim of a random stabbing on the campus of the University of Texas in Austin. As the news spread quickly, and an outpouring of love and support...
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Why Study Abroad?

The college experience offers so many new opportunities. Of course, parents and faculty hope new academic learning will be the highlight. However, new friends from diverse backgrounds, new social opportunities, and new activities can be just as important. College is time to explore new things. As a faculty member, I have taken students to Europe...
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Do Good.

Do Good. My son has this statement on a sticker on the back window of his car. Simple, to the point, can’t really argue with it. Do Good. He told me it is a saying from one of his favorite companies – Cotopaxi. According to their website, Cotopaxi’s tagline is “Gear for Good”, and their...
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You Will Change Your Mind

I have been working with college students for twenty-five years. Student attitudes change as fads come and go. In some ways, it is difficult to predict how college students will react to change.  In other ways, some changes are very predictable. In fact, some changes in attitude are so predictable, I can even see into the...
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Hearing God in a Noisy World

I like music. I think I always have. When I’m working, I’m often listening to music. When I’m driving? Music. Typing up this blog entry? You guessed it, music. Music can elicit memories of time gone by. It can create hope, joy, or even sadness. I’ve heard it said, “If art is how we decorate...
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Fragile or Sturdy?

Christmas is a wonderful time of year, full of wonder, anticipation, and the celebration of the coming Savior. I love Christmas as much as anyone, but when it’s over, I’m ready to pull down the decorations and resume my normal schedules related to faith and work. As I was taking the decorations off the tree...
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Not a Morning Person…

I have never been a morning person, or really attempted to be one, as the idea of constantly waking up at 5:00 AM sounded like a terrible idea. However, as I have experimented this fall with waking up, I have discovered three things about being up and going before the sun rises. Quietness In a...
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